If there is one word that we can use to describe Breaking Bad, “dark” very much feels perfect. We’re talking about a show that is about the slow-death of a man’s life, both in terms of his cancer and in terms of all of the relationships around him. He creates an empire, but in the process puts a target on his back and gets people from all over the world suddenly interested in putting him in the ground.
In a sense, there are echoes of that within Better Call Saul as well, and they will be all the more prominent moving into the fourth season. Jimmy McGill is pushing towards his own brand of success, but in order to get there he will have to burn people and fall in with some very shady characters. Gus Fring could be one, and we’ve already seen Mike slip down his own dark path. With Chuck gone, so does someone who does hold Jimmy accountable. Sure, Chuck may do it in a very cruel and uncomfortable way, but Jimmy knew that he always had his brother looking over his shoulder. That’s gone now, provided that somehow Chuck survives or we have some reanimated Michael McKean-like corpse wandering around the series.
Without giving much away (that’s not something that this show ever likes to do), creator Vince Gilligan offered up the following season 4 tease to the AV Club:
“Every year gets us closer to Jimmy McGill becoming Saul Goodman, and this year will be no different. The worlds of Jimmy and Saul are coming together, and therefore it stands to reason the worlds of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad are overlapping deeper and deeper into one another as well … The show gets darker this season. I think it’s still going to have moments of humor and those fun Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill moments—I don’t know that they’ll ever go away completely. But as you would expect from the end of season three, Jimmy’s in for quite an emotional ride.”
One of the larger questions we ponder over still remains: Is this the season where Jimmy becomes fully Saul? We’ll admit that at this point, we do want to see the series go forward in this direction with some haste, largely in part because of our desire to eventually get a full season or at least an arc’s worth of story all about the Gene side of the character.
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